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~ 2012 Victim Service Awards Ceremony
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Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez held a ceremony in recognition of
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, during which she presented awards to crime victims who,
despite tragic acts of violence, continue to inspire and give hope to others.

 



Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez presented the Courage Award to the parents of
Francisco Valencia, Jr.  In 2009, Valencia was an honor student at DePaul University when he
was shot and killed by a gang member at a Halloween party that the gang member had been asked
to leave.  Valencia’s parents carry on their son’s legacy by participating in and organizing numerous
events, including establishing a scholarship in their son’s name at DePaul University and forming
Chicago Citizens for Change, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to curing
gang violence.  Pictured, left to right are: Sui Moy, Joy McCormack,
State’s Attorney Alvarez and Francisco Valencia, Sr.



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